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    The Birmingham Education Foundation raises private funds from our community to ensure academic excellence and innovation in the Birmingham Public School District. Harlan students have benefited from grants awarded for projects at our school and from the Authors and Artists in Residence programs that are held every year.  Supporting the BEF supports Harlan!  www.supportBEF.org
     
    Grants awarded for Harlan projects:
     
    • Family Literacy Night:  Amount: $750
    This grant is offering support for a Family Literacy Night to be held at Harlan Elementary School in March. Families will be able to take part in literacy focused activities, and each student will be given a book to take home at the end of the evening. 

    • Cranbrook Institute of Science Experience : Amount: $7,220  (all district 5th graders)
    The BEF is granting funds to purchase tickets for every 5th grader in the district to attend programming at the Cranbrook Planetarium, as well as a Physics demonstration at the Museum. 
     
    • Harptoons Assembly:  Amount: $1050 
    An artist from Cincinnati will visit each school to teach students how to draw cartoons using letters and numbers, combining literacy and art in to one exciting and educational assembly.  
     
    • 4th Grade Trip to see the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Live:  Amount: $3,318 (all district 4th graders)
    All district fourth grade students have the opportunity to attend a live performance of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which is programmed with students in mind. Students will attend once during the year, either in October, March or April.  
     
    • Authors & Artists  
    Each year, the BEF works with our media department to bring an author or illustrator to our schools. This year, we are bringing Maria Dismondy in to speak with elementary students.
     
    • $1,000 Grant to Harlan for 100% of staff supporting the BEF's Annual Fund (all BPS elementary schools have 100% support from staff!)